Council moves datacentre to reduce costs

The London Borough of Lewisham is to transfer its datacentre to a new outsourcing provider in autumn.

The London Borough of Lewisham is to transfer its datacentre to a new outsourcing provider in autumn.

The move will involve up to 70 former council employees, who five years ago were transferred to outsourcing supplier Fujitsu Services, transferring again as the council aims to save 20% of its IT and telecoms support costs.

Under the deal signed last week, the council will move 213 servers, including a storage area network, from Fujitsu Services to SunGard Vivista, said Roger Fowles, Lewisham’s head of ICT strategy.

Council departments will test systems as they are migrated in stages over weekends in September, before going live in October.

SunGard Vivista has been awarded two three-year contracts. One covers desktop support, datacentre management, applications support and printing services, and the other covers network and tele­coms management.

The local authority has kept applications development in-house to maintain flexibility and allow it to sign deals with individual contractors for projects, Fowles said.

Lewisham declined to put a value on the deal but said it would make substantial savings even after the cost of moving the datacentre.

This was last published in May 2006

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